Important Tips on Sun Protection

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Here are some key points.

  • Repeated exposure to the sun can harm you.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.
  • Regularly check your skin for any signs of damage from the sun.

Take precautions in the sun

  • Being outdoors in warm, sunny weather can be enjoyable. Yet repeated exposure to the sun can harm you, even if you have dark hair and dark skin.
  • Among the problems that can result are damage to the eyes; aging, wrinkling or drying out of the skin; lip cancer; or skin cancer.
  • If you work outdoors all day, take breaks indoors if possible or in the shade. This is especially important when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater on your face, neck, hands, forearms and any other unprotected areas of the skin. It’s best to apply the sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors.
  • You can also use zinc or titanium oxide on your nose and lips.

Dress appropriately for the sun

  • Wear sunglasses that filter at least 90 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Be sure the label indicates that they filter both “UVA” and “UVB” rays.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, including a tightly-woven long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Be sure your clothes aren’t too tight. Wear a baseball cap with a neck shade or protective sun flap. Or, wear a different type of hat that shades your ears, face, temples and the back of your neck.

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